Former Panthers basketball standout and Drury Athletics Hall of Famer Brandon Kimbrough will be in his eighth year as an assistant coach for the Panthers in the 2018-19 season.
Kimbrough has been a key part of DU squads that have combined to finish 156-44 over the past seven seasons, including an NCAA-II national championship in 2013, and a return trip to the NCAA-II Elite Eight in 2014. During that run, he has been a part of two GLVC championships, five West Division titles in the conference and four teams that have advanced to the NCAA-II tournament.
The former DU standout point guard played three seasons for the Panthers from 2004-07 and he named to the all-conference squads, first in the Heartland Conference, then the GLVC, during each of his three years at Drury. He is among just 43 players to have ever topped 1,000 career points as he finished with 1,048 following his three seasons and he still ranks eighth all-time in career assists with 434. Drury fans will always remember Kimbrough, however, as one of the program's all-time great clutch players as he connected on a game-winning shot at the buzzer nine different times during his career.
Following his senior season, Kimbrough earned the Dr. Curt Strube Award for leadership and academic excellence.
After graduating from Drury in 2007, Kimbrough played professionally for three seasons in Europe earning all-league honors in England with the Manchester Magic for two years, and he was the 2011 Import of the Year in Germany playing for the Noerdingen Giants where he averaged 25.4 points, 5.1 assists and 3.8 rebounds that season.
He returned to Drury for the 2011-12 season as a graduate assistant coach and earned a Master’s degree in Education in 2013. Kimbrough also played for coach Hesser at Glendale High School in Springfield and, in addition to earning all-state honors for the Falcons, he was named the city’s Most Valuable Senior Player by the Springfield Tipoff Club in 2003.
Ben Fisher will start his second year as a men's basketball assistant coach at Drury in the 2018-19 season.
In his first year with the Panthers, Drury went 21-8, tied for first place in the GLVC West Division going 13-5 in the conference, and the team advanced to the NCAA-II tournament. The Panthers set a program record for three-pointers made in a single season and produced two All-GLVC performers in addition to one on the All-Freshman team and another named to the All-Defensive squad.
Fisher played four seasons for Drury from 2012-15 and was a member of three NCAA-II tournament teams, two GLVC championship squads as well as the 2013 NCAA-II National Championship team. He graduated from Drury in 2015 with a degree in Sports Management and spent the next two years as Drury University’s director of intramurals while he completed a Master’s degree in Education.
In the 2015 GLVC championship game, Fisher hit five three-pointers while going 7 for 8 from the field as part of a 19-point game in a 77-70 win over Bellarmine that gave Drury their third GLVC title in program history. He finished his college career scoring in double-figures in five of his last six contests.
Fisher earned Academic All-Conference honors as a player as the Panthers had a four-year record of 97-28 during his time on the roster.
The son of current Drury University vice president and director of athletics, Mark Fisher, Ben signed with Drury out of Nixa High School where he was a three-year starter for the Eagles. Nixa went 70-15 during his time on the floor and won three Central Ozark Conference championships. During Fisher’s senior season, the Eagles went 21-6, and he was named to the Bass Pro Shops All-Tournament of Champions team and was an All-Nixa Invitational Tournament selection.
Fisher was also the quarterback for a Nixa football team that went 9-4 and made the Class 5 state quarterfinals in 2009. He set school records for touchdown passes and was an all-district and All-COC selection in football.
In addition to duties as Drury’s director of intra-murals during the last two years, Fisher has served as an analyst on Drury basketball radio broadcasts and co-hosted a sports podcast with Panthers broadcaster John Miller.
Bailey McEwen enters his second season as a graduate assistant coach for the men’s basketball program at Drury.
McEwen joined Drury’s coaching staff after a four-year stint as a student assistant at the University of Southern Indiana where he was part of a program that went 88-30 in four years. He has worked at various basketball camps in the summer including the Big Blue Basketball
ProCamp and camps at Purdue University and the University of Pennsylvania.
Originally, from Clarksville, Indiana, McEwen was a two-year varsity letter winner in basketball at Clarksville High School and was part of a team that went 36-9 in a two-year span that included a conference championship and the school’s first sectional title since 1986.
McEwen graduated from the University of Southern Indiana in 2017 with a degree in Sport Management and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Education at Drury.
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